City Desk: The last Spring Break preview

Police Major Chris DeBack, public information officer in the Biloxi Police Department, drops by this week’s City Desk podcast for last-minute thoughts and advice regarding the Spring Break traffic plan. The podcast was recorded this morning at City Hall, about 24 hours before the traffic plan was expected to be implemented. 
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News and notes: Trash pickup, Keesler gate, drones, B-Alert

U.S. 90 trash pickup:  Trash, garbage and recycling pick up on U.S. 90 will be earlier than usual on Friday morning, so crews can avoid Spring Break traffic. The Harrison County Utility Authority advises residents to place carts and trash curbside Thursday night.

Keesler gate closure: Keesler’s White Avenue gate closes at 6 this evening and will remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. because of expected Spring Break traffic on U.S. 90. The Keesler Visitors Center, which is at the White Avenue gate, will move operations to the Meadows Road gate, which will be open from Thursday morning through Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Pass Road gate will maintain its normal hours.

No-drone zone:  Biloxi Police remain under a standing request from the FAA to be on the lookout for unauthorized drones and question operators, especially during Spring Break. Said Police Chief John Miller: “There are regulations involving the use of drones, which the FAA considers aircraft. And they’ve notified us that it’s our responsibility to take appropriate action in the interest of public safety.” For background on the drone issue, click here.

B-Alert: Several advisories have been transmitted to the growing Spring Break audience in the city’s new B-Alert program. Have you signed up? On your cell phone, text SPBK to 888777. To learn more about B-Alert, click here.